As 2012 draws to a close, we all remember the personal events and moments from the past 12 months and learn from the bad as well as the good. Hopefully we’ll all wake up New Year’s Day with a renewed drive to be better than we were the previous year, for better or for worse. It might even be a good idea to write down each of our top moments from the year to help us remember how important they were to us.
As for the community, here are a few of Arizona’s top moments from 2012 as shared by ABC15.com.
Kingman 8-year-old dies after tonsils removed. In January, an 8-year-old from Kingman had his tonsils removed, a routine procedure. He experienced complications while breathing the day after, and he passed away the day after that. In an extraordinary case, the family was left waiting for months for autopsy results and closure to their son’s unusual death. There was no malpractice involved by the medical team.
Ex-Wall Street Banker Commits Suicide In Courtroom. This one is almost out of Hollywood. Ex-Wall Street banker, Michael Marin, was convicted in June of burning down his multimillion dollar mansion three years ago. Just as his verdict was announced in the courtroom, Marin is seen to have quickly swallowed something, before collapsing and convulsing on the floor. He was pronounced dead a short time later. Cyanide was later discovered in Marin’s car.
14-year-old shoots armed intruder. A 14-year-old boy was babysitting his younger siblings when he heard the doorbell ring. He did not open the door because he did not recognize the woman on the doorstep. She soon started to bang the door. He rushed his siblings upstairs and grabbed his father’s pistol. As he waited at the top of the stairs, an armed gunman forced his way into the house. Without hesitation, the boy hit and nearly killed him. The intruder survived, was arrested and never shot his own weapon. Police officials later stated that “..this young man did exactly what he should have done.”
Woman Arrested For Running Over Husband. 28-year-old Holly Solomon was arrested in November on charges of domestic violence and aggravated assault after she ran down her husband with their SUV. Why would she do such a thing? For not voting in this year’s presidential election…of course! Solomon was seen circling and yelling at her husband in a parking lot in their car before he made an attempt to flea. She gave chased, eventually striking him and pinning him between their car and a curb. She was…upset (to say the least) that he did not vote because she believes that President Barack Obama is the reason their family is experiencing certain problems. So, she did what most concerned citizens would do – hunt down everyone that didn’t participate in the election. The situation portrays MTV’s voting campaign from several years ago: “Vote. Or die.”
Woman ordered to stop handing out free water. Dana Crow-Smith was ordered to stop handing out free bottled water during this year’s ‘First Friday’ festival when temperatures reached 112 degrees. A city worker did so because Crow-Smith did not posses the proper vendor permits that would allow her to sell “anything of value”, even though she was giving it away for free. Apparently they weren’t excepting any “I have common sense” permits. Her dispute quickly went viral, drawing the attention of national columnists and bloggers. A civil-liberties group soon took up her case, threatening to sue the city on her behalf. Phoenix City Council later voted to amend the ordinance that originally prohibited Crow-Smith, allowing an exemption for distribution of drinking water.
For some 2012 couldn’t have passed any slower. For others, it passed too fast. Goodbye 2012 and…